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Initial reports came out late last night, but the Senators have now formally announced Craig Hartsburg’s new position.
Hartsburg: “It’s an honor to be coaching back in the National Hockey League again.”
Hartsburg’s last job in the NHL was as an assistant with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2004. He helped Canada capture gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship as Brent Sutter’s assistant in 2006 and as the head coach in 2007 and 2008.
Update 12:00pm ET: The Senators’ website notes that Hartburg’s contract is for 3 years.
*For reference, Hartsburg’s playing and coaching history.
*photo from Sportsnet.ca
From Ben Leeson at The Sault Star,
Soo Greyhounds coach Craig Hartsburg will be introduced Friday as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators, well-placed and reliable sources have told The Sault Star.
The 48-year-old Hartsburg flew to Ottawa Thursday to meet with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and will be introduced to the media as the team’s next head coach as early as this morning.
A report Wednesday by the Ottawa Sun had Kitchener Rangers bench boss Peter DeBoer getting the job in Ottawa but that report now appears to have been premature.
“They (media) overreacted yesterday,” a source told The Star. “Everybody assumed that because he (DeBoer) went down there, it was a done deal.”
When reached Thursday, Hartsburg declined comment, limiting his remarks to an assessment of the Senators’ on-ice potential. He would neither confirm or deny whether he was in the Ottawa area.
Update 9:21am ET: Apparent confirmation from TSN—
Former Canadian World Juniors and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds head coach Craig Hartsburg will be introduced as the head coach of the Ottawa Senators on Friday. The Senators have called a news conference Friday morning to make the announcement.
*hat-tip to TSN for providing the original source
From Wayne Scanlan at Canwest via the National Post,
Has Eugene invited me to Barbados lately?
That’s what head coaching candidates for the Ottawa Senators had to be asking themselves Wednesday upon hearing that Peter DeBoer of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers was in Barbados meeting with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.
Until then, Craig Hartsburg of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and former Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley were rated as having at least as good a chance as DeBoer.
A great overview of the Senators’ management and coaching issues this year.
From the CP via TSN,
The Ottawa Senators are soon hoping to hire a new head coach but reports Wednesday that they had found their man were premature.
“I haven’t hired anybody at this point in time,” Senators GM Bryan Murray told The Canadian Press on Wednesday morning.
Reports surfaced Wednesday that Murray had hired highly touted junior coach Peter DeBoer from the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers.
“We’ve had conversations but nothing has been determined at this point in time,” said Murray.
Reports in question include Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun today.
Update 12:16pm ET: Adam Proteau at The Hockey News posted a similar report this morning.
*my thanks to a KK reader for help keeping an eye on this story today
From Ken Warren at Canwest News via the National Post,
The club already has $32.3 million US locked up in the ‘08-09 salaries of Heatley, Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, Mike Fisher, Martin Gerber and Chris Phillips.
The Senators must re-sign restricted free agents Antoine Vermette and Andrej Meszaros, while also contemplating whether to re-sign unrestricted-free-agent centre Cory Stillman, winger Shean Donovan and defenceman Mike Commodore, or any other player who may become available on July 1.
Commodore, for one, wants to know who the club’s new coach is before weighing his options on whether to return.
read on… *negotiations with Chris Kelley not going well, either
From the Ottawa Sun,
As was first reported in the Sun on the weekend, Calgary Flames D Dion Phaneuf will be the main cover boy for Electronic Arts’ NHL 09 video game.
But the two-time all-star and 2007-08 Norris Trophy finalist won’t be getting the video game limelight all to himself.
Two countries will sell games with a player other than Phaneuf on the cover—one of them Sweden, where Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson draws the coveted cover spot. Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin will be on boxes in Russia.
From Darren Dreger at TSN:
San Jose Sharks are slowly zeroing in on [Ron Wilson’s] replacement. Todd McLellan, an assistant coach with the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings will interview for the job on Tuesday before heading to Atlanta to discuss the Thrashers coaching vacancy with General Manager Don Waddell.
Sources say Kitchener Rangers head coach and GM, Peter DeBoer is also high on Doug Wilson’s list in San Jose and failing a change of heart, may be considered the frontrunner.
The Sharks may be in competition for DeBoer as the Ottawa senators and Florida Panthers remain in the mix. The Senators are believed to have strong interest in DeBoer along with Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds coach Craig Hartsburg and veteran NHL coach, Bob Hartley.
From the Ottawa Senators via Marketwire.ca:
The National Hockey League Coaches’ Assocation and the Ottawa Senators will present the 2008 NHL Coaches’ Seminar on Thursday, June 19, at the University of Ottawa.
The clinic runs from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and participants will have the opportunity to watch, listen and learn from some of the best coaching minds the NHL has to offer. All presentations will be made by NHL coaches and will cover topics such as skill development, tactics, strategy and systems play. Participants will also receive a seminar handbook.
The day begins with presentations by the guest coaches, highlighted by a welcome from Hall Of Fame coach Scotty Bowman.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
An NHL source said yesterday that Panthers GM Jacques Martin—a former coach of Redden with the Senators—is going to take a hard run at signing the veteran defenceman off the open market.
The Panthers’ top priority in the off-season is signing a puck-moving defenceman and Redden, who struggled last year as the Senators’ highest-paid player, fits the bill.
The Panthers won’t be alone in their pursuit of Redden, who will likely have to take a cut anyway to sign with another NHL club, although only to the $5-million range. It’s believed the Blackhawks, Canucks, Predators, Flyers and, possibly the Maple Leafs have an interest in Redden.
from Chris Yzerman of the Ottawa Sun,
With Burns rumoured to be among the candidates for the vacant coaching position in Ottawa, could the world championships have been the start of a great relationship?
The thought had crossed the mind of Heatley and Senators centre Jason Spezza during the tournament, which wrapped up Sunday in Quebec City, with Canada earning a silver medal.
“We were bugging him a little bit about that. He’s a great guy and we’ll see what happens,” Heatley said Monday after returning to Ottawa, where he asked reporters if they had any scoops on who Senators general manager Bryan Murray may choose as his successor behind the bench.
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